Formed in 1996, Dropkick Murphys are an Irish influenced rock band that began in Massachusetts. At the start, the band underwent changes; yet, found a unique sound that gained mainstream success. The quartet began with vocalist Mike McColgan, bassist Ken Casey, guitarist Rick Burton and drummer Jeff Ema.
The group gained local success playing at clubs and the annual St. Patricks Day Festival. In Boston, critics noted their hard work. After releasing a few Eps, the band inked a deal with Hellcat Records. Their first album, Do or Die, dropped in 1998 and wasn’t what the band anticipated. After a disappointing release, McColgan left the group. Other members explained that his heart was not in the music. Singer Al Barr replaced the departed vocalist and the band began work on their next album.
In 1998, Dropkick Murphys released their sophomore album, The Gang’s All Here. The record received modest reviews and eventually made it to MTV. After some collaboration, in 2001 the band dropped their third project, Sing Loud, Sing Proud.
The new record featured a more progressive sound for the band. This may have been as a result of James Lynch replacing Rick Barton on guitar. Changes came again, before the group could write their next album. In 2003, guitarist Tim Brennan and bagpiper Scruffy Wallace joined the group.
The same year, Blackout released gaining critical and commercial success. Hit songs “Fields of Athenry” and “Walk Away” received an abundance of radio play. Singles from the album have featured on Sam Adams commercials and other advertisements. One year later, Dropkick Murphys remade the Boston Red Sox theme song “Tessie.” The sing-along replaced the original in Fenway Park.
The band’s fifth album The Warriors Code, released in 2005. The record contained the popular tune “I’m Shipping off to Boston.” After it dropped, the single featured on many different motion pictures. Afterwards, the group rode their wave of modest success up to their most current album.
The Meanest of Times is the most successful project to date. Topping charts worldwide, the record gained the band enormous popularity and prestige. Since, Dropkick Murphys has played charities and random star-studded events. In 2012, the group announced an upcoming album; however, one has not released.